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JANUARY Giving Circle update


Welcome to 2021!

We should be proud of all we have accomplished in 2020! Through our collective efforts, we have harnessed the power of collective giving to further our mission of improving the lives of women, children and families in Philadelphia. Here is a sampling of what we’ve accomplished in 2020 as we look forward to you joining us in our efforts this year!

  • In May, to address the difficulties left in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a special COVID-19 donation of $10,000 was made to Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network that provides shelter, continuing support, and material relief for approximately 500 homeless Philadelphia county families (primarily single mothers and their children) each year. 

  • In June, the 2020 Giving Circle Grant of $20,000 was awarded to Urban Tree Connection to help address food insecurity and diet-related illnesses faced by residents of Philadelphia’s Haddington neighborhood. Thanks to our members’ generosity, special recognition grants of $1000 each were also given to the two finalists, The Children’s Literacy Initiative and The Uplift Center for Grieving Children

  • In August we hosted a White Fragility webinar, facilitated by Dr. Debonair Oates-Primus who helped us to begin to look at some of the issues arising from racism and the impact on our communities. Highlights were: Implicit Bias, How to be an Ally and Systemic Racism.

  • In September, we held an educational panel titled Food Access to Food Equity, examining the causes of hunger in Philadelphia communities.

  • On December 4th, we held our Annual Fundraiser featuring special guest Trudy Rubin, award-winning Foreign Affairs columnist and member of the Editorial Board of the Philadelphia Inquirer (and new TTN member!), in a timely discussion of "The State of our Democracy-Aftermath of the Presidential Election.” Trudy was extremely informative and gave her wide-ranging and knowledgeable (as well as personal) take on our post-election country. A big thank you to the 121 of you who registered for the event!


Help us grow our efforts THROUGHOUT 2021!

If you are not already a member, please consider joining the Giving Circle today. 

To our current members, if you have not already done so, please renew your membership. Your support is needed now more than ever. Invite a friend to join so we can make a greater impact to the many worthy non-profits serving our community.

If you have any questions, please email Carol Cunningham, Chair of the Giving Circle 



The Giving Circle welcomes donations in any amount!  The Giving Circle accepts donations in any amount. Please click HERE make a donation.



TTN Philadelphia Giving Circle uses The Philadelphia Foundation, as a community foundation, to administer its donor program. The Philadelphia Foundation has been at the forefront of receiving funds to support the residents of Philadelphia during this pandemic.  They are experiencing extreme delays in processing the gifts.  You can help us learn of your gift more quickly the following way:

If you make a gift by credit card you will receive an acknowledgment from the Philadelphia Foundation in a few minutes. Please forward that email to us at:

If you make your gift by check please make it payable to the Philadelphia Foundation and send it to TTN Philadelphia Giving Circle, 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, Unit 15C51, Philadelphia, PA 19130. The checks will be delivered to the Foundation. 

Special thanks to all our Giving Circle Members as well as those who have made donations now and in the past. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!


Want to Do Good and Make Someone Else Feel Good?

Send a Tribute Card, created to support the Philadelphia Chapter TTN Giving Circle. It’s a personal and heartfelt way to say Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, Happy Holidays, Thank You, Congratulations or Sorry for Your Loss. 

All funds raised will help the Giving Circle’s mission to improve the lives of women and children in Philadelphia. 

The cost is $25 for a packet of five. To purchase, contact Lori Krain


About Us

The TTN Giving Circle is a group of individuals who pool their giving dollars to make a difference in the lives of the women, children and youth in Philadelphia.
Each year since 2013 we have made a joint decision to identify the non-profit that will receive our grant.  In the process we have learned about the vast and varied needs of Philadelphia women, children, and youth and the remarkable people who are dedicated to meeting those needs.

See the impact we have made!  Read about our past recipients.

Sadly, Dr. Ethel Schwartz Weinberg, one of the founding members of the Philadelphia Giving Circle recently passed away.  Please click here to read a lovely tribute to her.


Become a Voting Member of the Giving Circle with a donation of $200 or more.  Contributions made during 2021 will support our 2022 grant.

Donations in smaller amounts are also welcome.

To make a donation please click here to be taken to the Philadelphia Foundation web site.  Donations may be made in honor or memory of a loved one.  Please Note:  to make a donation of this type by credit card on the Philadelphia Foundation website, you must fill in the Additional Comments/Requests box with the full name and mailing address of the person you would like to be notified of the donation.

If you prefer to mail in your donation, print this form and follow the directions.


Join our Grants Committee - This committee reviews all grant applications, goes on site visits and recommends finalists. The Grants Committee for the 2021 grant cycle is filled. Please check back for more information on the 2022 grant cycle. 

Plan or Help with a Giving Circle Event - There are a number of ways you can help:  chair an event, serve on an event committee, speak at an event, help with event registration, help with reminder calls or emails or help with promotional materials.

Spread the Word -   Encourage donations big or small.  Spread the word among your Peer Group and Special Interest Groups.  Bring a friend to an event.  Help us get new members from non-TTN Members.  And encourage them to join TTN!

Help Us Harness the Power of Collective Giving!


Contact Carol Cunningham (, Chair of Giving Circle.




Material from, 10:32:15 January 19, 2021.
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